After a tight 1-0 win yesterday, UCLA is back out on the field to try to improve to 2-0 on the season in game two of their three-game set against San Francisco. After an entire week of the forecast predicting rain all day today, we have sun and the rain is supposed to hold off until 5 pm so they moved the game up to 1 pm PST and it looks like we'll get it in.
Gerrit Cole was dominant yesterday in his complete game shutout, 11 strikeout performance and lucky USF gets a break today...oh wait, they have to face Trevor Bauer. Bauer went 12-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 2010, while USF starter Kyle Zimmer is making his first career start after giving up five runs in 5.1 innings as a freshman last year.
It was a quiet day for the Bruin bats yesterday so whether they can get them going today will be interesting to watch, but the new bats definitely made their presence felt around the country yesterday. According to the guys at collegesplits.com, on opening day 2009, home runs were hit in 2.8 percent of balls in play. In 2010, that rate was 2.9 percent. Yesterday, it was 1.9 percent—barely higher than the rate in the wood-bat Cape Cod League (1.6 percent).
For those of you looking to follow along today, GameTracker will have it and you can get all the in-game updates, along with links and other information on my UCLA baseball twitter. John Ramey and Co. will be back in the booth this season and giving you the play play online. The 2011 season is upon us and this is your first baseball open thread of the season so fill it up with any updates for those following along or thoughts, questions and anything else on your mind. Have at it!